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Apostle spoon

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The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a tapering hexagonal stem. The finial depicts a saint holding a book in his right hand. The attribute in his left hand is damaged; it may represent the bottom half of a fuller's bat, a staff, a sword, an axe, or a spear. On the top of the nimbus is a dove. The...

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Inscription

Pricked on back of bowl, G over EA, 1622 (?)

Marks

In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, illegible maker's mark; lion passant; date letter E

Provenance

Marsden J. Perry, Providence, Rhode Island; Mrs. Howard Eric, Stamford, Conneticut. December 2, 1949, Parke-Bernet Sale, New York, lot 75, sold to the MFA and purchased with the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour for $5,000 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: December 12, 1949) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 49.1710 - 49.1721 were acquired together.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), 1622–23

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

L. 18.3 cm (7 3/16 in.); W. of bowl 5.1 cm (2 in.); Weight 56.7 gm (1 oz 19 dwt)

Accession Number

49.1718

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver